Artur Bloch and his daughter Marietta Smolkova

Artur Bloch and his daughter Marietta Smolkova
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  • Photo taken in:
    Dubí
    Year when photo was taken:
    1930
    Country name at time of photo:
    Czechoslovakia, 1918-1938
    Country name today:
    Czech Republic
In this photo I'm with my father in front of our house in Dubi. It was apparently when the two of us were living there alone, which means after my parents' divorce, and before my father remarried. He got married in 1930. My parents were divorced in 1929. My mother then married Dr. Viktor Hahn. During the divorce my parents came to an agreement, that my almost six year older sister would stay with our mother, and that I'd go live with my father. When I was already around 19, I asked my mother why I, as the younger one, had gone to be with my father, when at that time I hadn't even been eight years old. And my mother explained to me that she hadn't wanted to hurt my father even more, because she knew that if my sister had lived with him, they would have both withdrawn into themselves and would have become disaccustomed to talking. Each of them would have his book and his records with music and they wouldn't need to communicate with each other. So I remained with my father in Dubi, and my sister lived with our mother in Teplice with 'Uncle' Viktor. My father also remarried. His second wife was named Augusta, born Diehlova in 1894. She had converted to Judaism when she had married her first husband, Mr. Neumann, who however died. My 'aunt' was a very merry creature, and I liked her very much, and she also looked upon me as a daughter. She didn't have children of her own, her first husband had been almost 20 years older, and I guess they hadn't been able to have them. She got along better with my father than my mother had. Although she and my mother were both the same age, it was as if each one was from a different century. And 'auntie' from the century in which in short everything was done so that the husband would like it, so it wouldn't burden him and so he wouldn't have any worries. While our mother was from the century where more equal partnerships already existed. When my father and auntie were married, I had only one condition: that I won't have to call her Mom. So for me she was Aunt Gusti.

Interview details

Interviewee: Marietta Šmolková
Interviewer:
Pavla Neuner
Month of interview:
April
Year of interview:
2005
Prague, Czech Republic

KEY PERSON

Artur Bloch
Year of birth:
1880
City of birth:
Uncin
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
1949
City of death:
Prague
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Factory owner

Other Person

Marietta Šmolková
Year of birth:
1921
City of birth:
Teplice
Occupation
after WW II:
Vice-director in Strojimport company
  • Previous family name: 
    Blochova
    Year of changing: 
    1954
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Additional Information

Also interviewed by:
Jewish Museum in Prague
Date of interview:
1992

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